Well...it's been so long since I've updated this thing. Many small and large things have happened, though the immediately noticeable thing is that I no longer have a Premium account. I'm not really active enough on here to justify getting it again, though it was nice while it lasted! Jaycon 2013 Recap
So I realized I never recapped Jaycon...and I'd rather not go and make a separate entry doing so whilst trying to do Otakon. I will say that this year was okay...not the best in my opinion. I think the College is really starting to crack down on things, which makes it hard. But one of the things that makes me sad is the staff's reaction to it. It's not 'We'll see what we can do' when criticisms come their way. It's a cringe and a wince like it's a personal affront. It's not meant to be...but if you get defensive every single time someone suggests something for improvement (even if it is suggested not knowing the full scope of your limitations as the club/staff), you ought to take it better than a "Yeaaaah...it's complicated..."
But in general, the con was good as always. The staff worked hard, and the panels were good. I hope the usual panelists who did the Improv Game and Dating Game can come back and do it next year. They were not as good as they were in the past, since the Super Staffers took them over...and showed they had no idea how the fans wanted the panel run
Sorry for the slightly negative review on the con. As someone who has played a key role in Jaycons past as well as attended...and as someone who wants the con to only improve each year, I feel it is important for the staff and Jaycon as a whole to hear what others think of it, whether it is what they want to hear (flattering or otherwise) or not...just so they can improve to the best of their abilities ^^ Life Status: BUSY!
I'm still alive...and terribly busy. Unfortunately, summer didn't prove as relaxing as I thought, but I'm okay with that. I've had 30+ hour work weeks, and I've been making progress in other areas of my life. I hope to post on here soon the earrings I've been making, as well as the various convention pictures I happen to have! OTAKON 2013: Recap
I attended Otakon 2013 with a lovely bunch of friends, and lemme just say I think this was one of the best years yet in terms of groups. In the past, I've had a lot of issues with the people we've stayed with…but not this year THURSDAYCosplays
We arrived at the hotel, and though there were a few hiccups (no microwave, flooded fridge), the hotel was excellent in taking care of them. We didn't make it out to the Matsuri before the downpour started, but we had a great time getting to know each other and derping around in the room.FRIDAYCosplays
- China (military uniform) from Hetalia (day/evening), Westernization!Japan from Hetalia (night)
We woke up super early to try to make it to a panel but didn't. Instead, we simply derped around until the Hetalia photoshoot at noon, where I went as China (for ID sake, I was the one with the Shinatty-chan doll). A few highlights from that shoot include being one of the few Chinas, and the last shot (IggyChu) which deteriorated into an odd reenactment of the Opium Wars. Whoever was the England and other China, you guys seriously made me crack up during that shoot. Also the France and Russia, but I know you both~
Another major highlight happened much later, when the one and only Hong Kong in the shoot told both myself and France we were the best China and France! *squeals* >w<
After that, I ran around, trying to figure out what was happening in the Ask a Nation Panel that night, and then just spent some time eating, recovering, and getting ready for said panel.LEMME JUST SAY…I LOVED THE ASK A NATION PANEL!
I was (naturally) the China in it, and let me just tell you guys. 1) I had been UTTERLY NERVOUS about it leading up to it. I have NEVER played as China…anywhere but in theory (aka, like twice or so on paper or informal RPing), so being asked to play him in front of HUNDREDS of people was just a LIIIIITTLE nerve-wracking. 2) I know very well where the lines are for characters I play often…so I feared crossing a very distinct line between insensitivity and humor.
BUT NONE OF THOSE TWO FEARS HAPPENED! I had an amazing time, and I was told after by several people I made an amazing China, should RP as him on Tumblr, etcetc…and all of these things just made me super happy. We had whiteboard shenanigans in our corner, and I even got asked a few epic questions! >w<
After that, we ran back to the hotel to get changed to go to Lounge 21, Otakon's swing lounge. I was Westernization!Japan…a closet cosplay consisting of suspenders and a slim black tie over a white dress shirt (with black slacks/shoes/socks)…in order to match my other half's gentleman!England. We apparently impressed the bartender with our costumes, and we had a good time swing dancing (or attempting) and sitting and talking/spending time together, just the two of us. ^_^SATURDAYCosplays
- North Italy from Hetalia (day/evening), hipster!China from Hetalia (night)
We woke up early with the full intention of attending yet another panel…but due to exhaustion and me not feeling super well, we ended up skipping and staying in the room. The extra sleep helped a little, but my voice was shot for the rest of the con. I considered swapping into my Japan costume, but decided being Italy would give me good energy for the day. I probably SHOULD have swapped though, since when we arrived at the 2nd Hetalia Photoshoot, not a single Japan showed up
Still, I had an awesome time as Italy. I got a really nice Germany to pick me up during the GerIta photos, and I was the only Italy who jumped in the England/Italy photo. I swear, that rare-pair just…when you see not a single other portion of the pair get up to go, it just makes me sad inside. I thought at first it was one of those 'I'm-suggesting-so-my-significant-other-can-have-a-picture-with-me' situations…but when no one else went up I just had to go. The Englands on the other side of us were having fun with each other (it was amusing), but the England who ended up hugging me (so sweet >w<) seemed really happy ^_^
After the shoot, we ended up plopping and talking to a few people we met there for a long time. I ran into a few more people who knew me, because they recognized me as Italy (but not as China XD). We eventually made our way down to the Dealer's Room, but we didn't stay all that long. My other half and I retreated to the hotel room, where we sort of just stressed out and melted a little. We did recover though, and decided to change into our night costumes before trying to go out to eat in order to spend some time together.
My hipster!China cosplay consisted of Airwalks (in interesting colors), teal skinny jeans, a Hello Kitty shirt, hipster glasses, and of course, a red hat with a star (styled awesomely by my other half). We went to Noodles and Company before wandering back to the convention center. We ended up meeting with a few other Hetalia people and just derping around for awhile before heading back to the hotel to sleep.SUNDAYCosplay
- black military uniform Japan from Hetalia
We got up fairly early, packed, and made our first and second trips to the car without running into the heaviest crowds of congoers. Somewhere in there, we changed into our final costumes. We hit the Artists Alley, and both myself and my other half stocked up on swag. We both got a few buttons (she, several), as well as the last two grab bags from a table. I also bought a Hetalia wallscroll, and got some things for my sister (who couldn't come to the con this year).
In the end, we ended up simply sitting and relaxing until the con ended. Neither one of us were feeling like doing much, and in the end there really wasn't much to do. We did get to talk to the Greece we met again (and get a couple of photos), and once the con center started clearing out, we left to go back to our cars.
We ended the weekend with a trip to The Cheesecake Factory, which was the most amazing thing ever…and we want to do it again…mmh. But after that, there's not much more to tell. I got to spend my last few days with my other half, and it was amazing and perfect and so many other things I can't really say at this moment.
If you met either one of us, or saw me, or anything…feel free to message me. If you have pictures too, lemme know! My hope (though it diminishes slightly day by day) is that someone videotaped the Ask a Nation panel O.o BUT THIS IS GETTING LONG SO IF YOU WANT ANY MORE LEAVE AN ASK OR A FANMAIL AND WE'LL TALK MKAY? <3
*scurries off to possibly be productive now* Off to Life, Once More
Well, I must be off. Posts have piled up! I hope everyone else is doing well!
Until next time, stay lovely everyone~! THE RAINBOW FOOTER
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